Unemployment

State's unemployment rate drops to 8 percent

November 20, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana added 7,700 private-sector jobs in October, marking the largest monthly gain since May, as the unemployment rate fell for the second straight month.
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U.S. jobless benefit applications fall slightly

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by 8,000, but the figures were distorted by Superstorm Sandy. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose by 3,250.
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U.S. unemployment rate rises despite job gains

November 2, 2012
Associated Press
President Barack Obama will face voters with the highest unemployment rate of any incumbent since Franklin Roosevelt.
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Financial crisis pushes millennials to fiscal conservatism

October 28, 2012
Associated Press
Researchers find that the recession had a particularly profound effect on the political attitudes of younger millennials, who've come of age as the adults who preceded them have lost homes, jobs and retirement funds. Their age group also faces high unemployment.
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Indiana sheds jobs but unemployment rate falls

October 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent in September, the first decline for the rate since April, despite a loss of 6,000 private-sector jobs.
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Hopes slipping among state business owners

October 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
A survey of Hoosier business owners shows an increasingly a ho-hum outlook, with only one in seven optimistic for their own company and even fewer encouraged about the U.S. economy.
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Bernanke: Economy growing much too slowly to put people back to work

October 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a local lunch crowd that he expects the economy to keep growing, but he said the growth is so slow that it could create a "permanent group" of underemployed Americans.
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Unemployment aid applications hit 2-month low

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plunged to its lowest level in nine weeks. Other economic figures released Thursday were mainly disappointing.
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State’s unemployment rate rises to 8.3 percent

September 21, 2012
Indiana’s jobless rate rose to 8.3 percent in August from 8.2 percent in July despite the addition of 11,000 private-sector jobs, the state announced Friday morning. The state is questioning the calculation.
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Weekly U.S. unemployment claims remain high

September 20, 2012
Associated Press
The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for unemployment benefits declined by 3,000 last week, to 382,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the fifth straight week, to 377,750, the highest level in nearly three months.
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U.S. unemployment rate dips despite weak jobs report

September 7, 2012
Associated Press
The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July, the Labor Department said Friday. But that was only because more people gave up looking for work. Hourly pay fell, manufacturers cut the most jobs in two years and the number of people in the work force dropped to its lowest level in 31 years.
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U.S. unemployment applications flat for the week

August 30, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at a seasonally adjusted 374,000, suggesting little improvement in the job market.
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U.S. jobless claims increase to highest level in a month

August 23, 2012
Bloomberg News
The number of Americans filing first-time applications for unemployment benefits climbed last week to a one-month high, showing little progress in the labor market.
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State unemployment rate climbs to 8.2 percent

August 17, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana’s unemployment rate climbed to 8.2 percent in July, marking the second straight month the rate has increased.
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U.S. unemployment rate ticks up despite rise in hiring

August 3, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. employers added 163,000 jobs in July, the Labor Department said Friday, a somewhat hopeful sign after three months of sluggish hiring. However, the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent, up from 8.2 percent in June.
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State unemployment rate ticks up to 8 percent

July 20, 2012
Scott Olson
The increase marks the first time Indiana's unemployment rate has risen in nearly a year, the Department of Workforce Development said Friday. The rate remains below the national rate of 8.2 percent.
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Fewer auto closings reduce U.S. unemployment claims

July 12, 2012
Associated Press
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits plunged last week. But a big reason was that some automakers skipped their traditional summer shutdowns to keep up with demand, leading to fewer temporary layoffs of autoworkers.
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U.S. unemployment rate rises on dismal jobs report

June 1, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. employers created only 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent, up from 8.1 percent in April, the first increase in 11 months.
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Indiana unemployment rate shrinks to 7.9 percent

May 18, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in April, falling below 8 percent for the first time since November 2008. The rate has dropped for five straight months.
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U.S. jobless claims hold steady for second straight week

May 17, 2012
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, suggesting some gains in the job market.
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U.S. jobless rate slips despite dismal employment report

May 4, 2012
Bloomberg News
Employers added fewer workers than predicted in April, but the jobless rate unexpectedly fell as workers left the labor force. The participation rate, which indicates the share of working-age people in the labor force, fell to it lowest mark since 1981.
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U.S. applications for unemployment aid drop

May 3, 2012
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by the most in nearly a year. But the four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up.
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Firm finds opportunity helping employers with hiringRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Rushville-based Barada Associates Inc. specializes in helping business clients make good hiring decisions—services that have become more popular as companies find themselves inundated with eager applicants looking for work.
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State’s unemployment rate dips to 8.2 percent

April 20, 2012
Indiana's jobless rate is the lowest it's been since December 2008 and matches the national jobless rate for March, also at 8.2 percent.
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U.S. unemployment claims signal slower hiring

April 19, 2012
Associated Press
Applications have started to tick up in recent weeks after months of steady declines. And employers added only 120,000 jobs in March — half the pace of the previous three months.
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